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Information about Anori District

The Anori area has long been known as a fishery village with its history and culture in a rich marine environment. Today this area is a popular tourist destination, known for its historical attractions and seasonal marine products including branded Anori Puffer Fish. We hope you will enjoy the sounds and breeze of the ocean and what Anori can offer.

Anori Bunraku, Japanese Traditional Puppet TheaterIn 1592, the local warlord Yoshitaka Kuki, paid a visit to Anori Shrine to express his gratitude for a battle victory. Since then, local people were allowed to dance and this marked the beginning of Anori Puppet Theater.
A unique characteristic of Bunraku, traditional Japanese puppet theater, is that each puppet is manipulated by three people, a feature that Anori Puppet Theater adopted from an early stage.
Since some 40 years ago, the Anori Puppet Theater has been performed with the participation of the Anori Junior High School students as a part of their school club activities. This embodies commitment of local youth.
Anori Puppet Theater performances are held on September 15 and 16 each year.
Kiyomasa StoneThis stone is considered as the one of the stones to be used to build the Nagoya Castle which were offered by Lord Kiyomasa Kato. The stones were carried by hanging to a huge Sengoku Ship, but was reluctantly abandoned to avoid the ship being sunk at the offshore of Anori due to the stormy weather.
The stone has been celebrated as a stone that can make dreams come true to share in the historical good luck of Lord Kiyomasa Kato.
Shima Kokubun-ji TempleThe Shima Kokubun-ji Temple was built by the Decree by Emperor Shomu, who ordered that one temple be built in each “country” in order to spread the creed of Buddism.
The temple now exists is built in 1836.
The principal image of the Shima Kokubun-ji Temple is the Statue of Medicine Buddha. The Statue was designated a Prefectural Cultural Property and is displayed to the public once every 20 years. (It was last shown on May 8, 2011)
On May 8 each year, crowds of people fill this space to worship and celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday Festival.
Poetry Monument of Seihaku IrakoIn Anori-misaki Park where Anorisaki Lighthouse stands, there is a Seihaku Irako poetry monument. It features part of a poem about the “Infant of Anori” The poet reads: “In a small village house with dilapidated walls, hearts echo together, an infant smiles toward the sea without knowing fear.”
Shima Park Golf CourseOfficially recognized by the International Park Golf Association, the 45-holes Shima Park Golf Course spans 60,000 square meters site along the coast.
Individuals of all ages can enjoy playing park golf with beautiful Pacific view and pleasant Ocean breeze.
Anori Pufferfish(Anori fugu)Anori Pufferfish is branded natural tiger pufferfish weighing over 700g, caught along a coastal area of Mie Prefecture. Since most of them are landed at the Anori Fishery Port of the Mie Pacific Fishery Cooperative Association, they are called Anori Pufferfish.
In order to ensure that the Anori Pufferfish be enjoyed in the best and freshest, only restaurants authorized by Anori Pufferfish Association can serve the Anori Pufferfish. These restaurants are limited to within Shima City and visited by gourmets from Japan and overseas.
The fishing season of Anori Tiger Pufferfish runs from October to February.
Hosai ShrimpJapanese king shrimp harvested in the offshore of Anori is called Hosai Shrimp (literally, treasure-colored shrimp). Hosai Shrimp are famous for their large size and sweet flavor.
The fishing season runs from April to September
Anori Fishery Port